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Game 53: Blue Jays at Nats

Jun 3, 2015, 3:50 PM EST

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

After nine consecutive series won, the Nationals are in danger tonight of dropping their second straight. With that on the line, they’ll send Taylor Jordan to the mound for his first big-league start since April 2014, at which point the right-hander’s stock within the organization took a major tumble.

Jordan has turned things around since then, bouncing back from surgery to remove bone chips in his elbow and pitching well early this season at Class AAA Syracuse. Now he’s back in Washington, taking Stephen Strasburg’s rotation spot for now.

Denard Span is back in the lineup after missing both games of yesterday’s doubleheader with a bruised right knee. Veteran lefty Mark Buehrle, who you may remember spurned the Nats to sign with the Marlins in Dec. 2011 (a decision that opened the door for the Gio Gonzalez trade), gets the nod for Toronto.

Updates to come…

TORONTO BLUE JAYS at WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Where:
 Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m. EDT
TV: MASN, MLB.tv
Radio: 106.7 FM, 1500 AM, XM 183
Weather: Slight chance of rain, 65 degrees, Wind 7 mph in from RF

NATIONALS (29-23)
CF Denard Span
SS Ian Desmond
3B Yunel Escobar
RF Bryce Harper
1B Ryan Zimmerman
C Wilson Ramos
LF Tyler Moore
2B Danny Espinosa
RHP Taylor Jordan

BLUE JAYS (24-30)
SS Jose Reyes
3B Josh Donaldson
RF Jose Bautista
LF Chris Colabello
C Dioner Navarro
1B Justin Smoak
CF Kevin Pillar
2B Ryan Goins
LHP Mark Buehrle

UMPIRES
HP Vic Carapazza
1B Larry Vanover (cc)
2B Toby Basner
3B Brian Knight

7:04 p.m. — And we’re underway on another overcast, chilly evening at Nationals Park. Taylor Jordan, in his first MLB start since April 2014, starts off Joe Reyes with a ball outside.

7:21 p.m. — Well, that didn’t go very well. Jordan was roughed up for four runs in the top of the first, letting the Blue Jays’ first four batters reach safely and eventually score. He walked Reyes on four pitches, gave up a double to Josh Donaldson and RBI singles to Jose Bautista, Chris Colabello and Kevin Pillar. He needed 32 pitches to face eight batters, and many of those pitches were up in the zone. Not what the Nats were looking for tonight.

7:35 p.m. — Jordan managed to put up a zero in the second inning, but not until he gave up a leadoff single to Mark Buehrle and a drive to the warning track in right to Reyes, who just missed a homer. It’s progress, though, so this game remains 4-0 in the middle of the second.

7:47 p.m. — But then Jordan goes and strikes out the side in the third, a huge improvement. Maybe he was just throwing through the sink his first two innings, not tired enough (a common occurrence for sinkerball pitchers). Buehrle’s sinker, on the other hand, has been sharp from the get-go. He is through two scoreless innings, having recorded all six outs on groundballs. Still 4-0 Toronto in the third.

8:01 p.m. — Make it 5-0 now in the fourth after a pair of singles, capped by Jose Reyes’ RBI base hit to right. Bryce Harper tried to get Ryan Goins at the plate, but his throw (while on-target) was just a split-second late. Jordan is at 71 pitches now. The Nats might be hoping to get just one more before turning to the bullpen.

8:19 p.m. — Credit to Jordan for not letting that first inning completely rattle him. He has retired 15 of the last 19 batters, at the very least keeping this game manageable while not burning up the bullpen. He’s at 82 pitches through five innings, and there is action in the pen now, so that might be it. The Nats, though, have a bunch of zeroes against Buehrle so far. They did put two men on in the fourth, with singles by Escobar and Harper (who calmly lined an outside 2-2 pitch to left field). But Ryan Zimmerman (stuck in a slump) struck out and Wilson Ramos grounded out. So it remains 5-0 in the middle of the fifth.

8:37 p.m. — Not looking good for this game to turn compelling any time soon. It’s 7-0 in the sixth after Jordan gave up a couple of doubles in the top of the inning. The Nats decided to push him and try to get one more inning. Doing so cost them two runs. Not that it matters much given the complete lack of threat of scoring tonight vs. Buehrle.

8:45 p.m. — A few changes for the Nats in the seventh. Taylor Jordan is out. Taylor Hill is now pitching. Michael Taylor takes over in left field. Tyler Moore moves to first base. Got all that? Good, there will be a quiz postgame.

8:55 p.m. — Make it seven scoreless innings for Buehrle on only 74 pitches. I think the commercial break took longer than the bottom of the seventh just did. Still 7-0 Toronto.

9:05 p.m. — Eight scoreless on 85 pitches. The only drama left is to see if Buehrle can throw a “Maddux.” That’s a complete game on fewer than 100 pitches.

9:17 p.m. — That’ll do it. Buehrle goes the distance, needing only 93 pitches to shut out the Nats and complete an 8-0 victory. That’s two straight series losses for the Nationals after nine straight series wins.

134 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. nats106 - Jun 3, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    61 degrees, damp and breezy. I think I’ll be a fair weather fan and watch this one from the friendly confines of home rather than 106. I’ll hold out for better weather and the Cubbies.

    • NatsLady - Jun 3, 2015 at 5:11 PM

      I am doing the same. In April, OK, I’m desperate for baseball… Guess I’m just more picky in June. And I have a bad cold… Anyone wants my ticket let me know, I’ll email it to you.

  2. natsjackinfl - Jun 3, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    I like Taylor Jordan. I don’t like his chances against a Blue Jays lineup that leads baseball in runs scored.

    Here’s hoping he can consistently keep the ball down and throw strike one to get ahead early in the count.

    If he does that, I’ll feel better about his chances.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 3, 2015 at 4:02 PM

      The infield defense has to execute plays for Taylor Jordan. His first 3 innings on Friday he was throwing nice stinkers. After that he lost his grip and unfortunately MW didn’t see what I saw and wrote about.

      He’s all about the sinker and locating.

      • Doc - Jun 3, 2015 at 4:10 PM

        I think that the Nats have a pretty good sinker ball defense. But Jordan needs to throw it, and the guys need to pick it.

        Kinda impressed with his 2.14 ERA at Syracuse.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 3, 2015 at 4:14 PM

        You saw it last night with Treinen, that he doesn’t miss many bats at times. You just hope they hit them at you.

      • ArVAFan - Jun 3, 2015 at 4:50 PM

        You might want to have a word with your spell check (auto-corrupt function) about sinkers and stinkers. Sinkers = good. Stinkers = bad. Next thing you know, it will have the pitchers throwing slinkers instead of sliders or sinkers.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 3, 2015 at 4:57 PM

        Whoops. Thanks. First 3 innings good sinkers. Need 7 innings of good sinkers tonight.

      • NatsLady - Jun 3, 2015 at 5:16 PM

        “auto-corrupt function” LOL.

      • Eric - Jun 3, 2015 at 5:35 PM

        lol, yeah, that’s good!

  3. knoxvillenat - Jun 3, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    Glad to see Span in the lineup but a bit concerned that the field conditions might not be good for his knee. I guess he tested it earlier but as the field gets damper in a cool evening I have to believe that is not good for him.

  4. nats106 - Jun 3, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    Vic Carapazza behind the plate tonight. Wonder what kind of strike zone he’ll have tonight when it doesn’t count so much.

    • therealjohnc - Jun 3, 2015 at 4:43 PM

      I had the same thought. Roark froze Belt and struck him out, but Carapazza missed it and … I don’t remember much after that lol

  5. Eugene in Oregon - Jun 3, 2015 at 4:08 PM

    GYFNG!

  6. natsfan1a - Jun 3, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Go get ’em, NATS!

    I’ll try to stay awake but no guarantees. 🙂

  7. exposremains - Jun 3, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    Dc Wonk. To me its not just about saves, if your tie or trailing there’s no save. Yesterday, they were down by one run and Treinen put the game out of reach. Not the first time it has happened and when tie it also happened.

    • adcwonk - Jun 3, 2015 at 4:35 PM

      I know. Saves are a messed up stat.

      But I cited another one: that Runs/IP was approximately average for BP’s across NL. That sounds about right to me.

      • Hiram Hover - Jun 3, 2015 at 5:01 PM

        How are those runs being counted, tho?

        In the official scoring, inherited runners are counted against the prior pitchers, and the Nats BP has one of the worst rates of letting inherited runners score in the NL (12th, iirc).

      • exposremains - Jun 3, 2015 at 5:21 PM

        I appreciate your optimistic views but wasn’t it in 2013 that Rizzo said in retrospect maybe going without. A lefty in the pen was a bad choice I don’t want to hear later maybe going with a bunch of rookies was a mistake.

      • adcwonk - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:17 PM

        There were other problems in 2013, too. E.g., other than Werth, nobody hit above .280; Ramos missed half a season; and Haren and Detwiler were 2/5 of the rotation (and went a combined 12-21).

      • Eric - Jun 3, 2015 at 5:36 PM

        In 2015 it hasn’t been a choice. The pen lost Stammen directly to injury and Roark indirectly to Stras’ injury.

      • exposremains - Jun 3, 2015 at 5:42 PM

        Clippard, Blevins, Janssen were choices.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:00 PM

        include inherited runs and your on to something
        other a multitude of stats could confuse things enuf BAA, Walks/IP,ERA

  8. masterfishkeeper - Jun 3, 2015 at 4:30 PM

    I was thinking it was funny that Span would start against a LHP, given his knee issues. Why not give him another day off?

    And then I saw his OPS against Buehrle: .992.

    • adcwonk - Jun 3, 2015 at 4:34 PM

      nice catch!

    • natsfan1a - Jun 3, 2015 at 4:45 PM

      Me like.

  9. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 3, 2015 at 4:35 PM

    Congrats to Harp and Scherzer for being NL player of the month and pitcher of the month, respectively…

  10. adcwonk - Jun 3, 2015 at 4:35 PM

    Big picture thought of the day: last year after 52 games Nats were 2 games under .500

  11. adcwonk - Jun 3, 2015 at 4:46 PM

    Re: Taylor Jordan, Doc wrote: Kinda impressed with his 2.14 ERA at Syracuse.

    Indeed! And a WHIP of under 1.000 — impressive!

  12. jfmii - Jun 3, 2015 at 5:28 PM

    I just wrote this on an earlier post in response to Eugene in Oregon, who was thinking in a positive comment that the Nationals’ world will be better when Rendon returns:

    They will essentially be replacing Espinosa with Rendon. Given Danny’s overall play and decent hitting, it isn’t going that big of an upgrade for the team as a whole — even making the big (unreasonable?) assumption that Rendon will pick right back off where he left off last year. It will likely take him a while to get into full swing.

    Yesterday I said they should move Desmond to left and Espinosa to short. But I was off a little — they should just move Escobar to short and Desmond to left. I love Ian, but at this time he represents the biggest hole that Rendon will eventually fill. Escobar is slated for short next year, and although he doesn’t have Desmond’s range, he is going to be more stable and make less errors there. And Desmond will be a fabulous outfielder–I have no doubt. And while it probably will lower his market value, and make him temporarily unhappy, I think it would be best for the team. Hopefully he would make the most of such a move, and who knows, might turn into an offensive monster after leaving behind the pressures of playing shortstop.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:03 PM

      Again you’re on the right idea but creating too many moving parts. I wrote a few weeks ago with Werth struggling that Espinosa needed to be a FULL Zobrist so he could get playing time. Well with JDub on the DL it’s simple, Espi to LF. No reason to move more than 1 player.

    • natsjackinfl - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:04 PM

      It’s been an hour and a half since your post so I’ll go ahead and say it.

      Ya, right. That’s not happening.

    • natsdial8 - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:06 PM

      Danny has to prove he won’t regress . It looks to me he still thinks he is a
      legit power hitter and forget moving the line. Jury out .

  13. jd - Jun 3, 2015 at 5:35 PM

    The Jays are starting their 3rd catcher in 3 games (Navaro). Weird.Rendon is in the game at Harrisburg., Can’t wait to see him up with the Nats ASAP. Fister is the next key returnee.

  14. exposremains - Jun 3, 2015 at 5:44 PM

    Clippard, Blevins, Janssen were choices.

  15. jd - Jun 3, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    Danny Espinosa is tied for 2nd on the team in WAR (not counting pitchers) at 1.1 with Denard Span and ahead of Escobar and Ramos.

  16. skinsdiehard - Jun 3, 2015 at 6:37 PM

    Oh no…….consecutive series lost

  17. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 3, 2015 at 6:59 PM

    Barves blew a 6-0 lead to lose 9-8 to the DBacks.

  18. dcwx61 - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:06 PM

    gonna be a long night

  19. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:07 PM

    TJord with a #LoW to start the game

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:09 PM

      That missed location. Strasburg could’ve done this.

  20. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:09 PM

    Sigh… I hope its not 1 of those nights….

  21. exposremains - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:10 PM

    Here we go..another great rookie.

  22. natsjackinfl - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:10 PM

    Everything up. And only 1 1st pitch strike.

  23. dcwx61 - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    over under on if TJ gets past the 3rd

  24. dcwx61 - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:14 PM

    jeez…his balls are fat and up

  25. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:14 PM

    Well TJORDAN is throwing BP pitches… ok.

  26. natsjackinfl - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:14 PM

    19 pitches and still no outs.

  27. exposremains - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:15 PM

    Nice of TJ to give them extra batting practice

  28. natsjackinfl - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:16 PM

    Taylor must like Syracuse.

  29. exposremains - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    Whats wrong with Bautista..does he always act like diva

  30. exposremains - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:18 PM

    Espi saves one

  31. dcwx61 - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    so who’s pitching on Monday ?

  32. adcwonk - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:20 PM

    Sinkers not stinkers, that’s the key.

    TJ read that memo backwards.

  33. exposremains - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    Stras is thinking ..they put me on the dl for this

  34. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:21 PM

    Times like this, I really miss Craig Stammen… and we can’t even depend on the BP to come in now since we don’t really have a long innings guy….

    Sigh….

  35. TheBigDummy - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:22 PM

    Said it before, I’ll say it again..what do they see in Taylor Jordan? Guy doesn’t miss bats and doesn’t seem to be an effective ground ball pitcher.

    • David Proctor - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:29 PM

      Well they’re on Starting Pitcher #8 of the year. They didn’t exactly have him starting Opening Day. You only have so many options.

      • TheBigDummy - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:36 PM

        Oh I get that, absolutely. But there’s nobody else we could call up and see what they’ve got? We know what we’re gonna get from Jordan at this point, I think. What about young #69?

    • adcwonk - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:51 PM

      What do they see? They he him dominating AAA, they see a great sinker — most of the time.

      E.g., the third inning today, striking out the side with great pitches.

  36. exposremains - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:23 PM

    Why is Harper not always hitting 3rd. Isnt that the spot for your best player.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:25 PM

      Yes

      • exposremains - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:29 PM

        And thats why you hit Harper 3rd.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:48 PM

      I agree he should bat third.

  37. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:25 PM

    First big trade in season is Trumbo to the Mariners

    • Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:26 PM

      4 runs in the first inning…. SS could have done that…

      Further confirmation that we need to re-sign Jordan Z… my fingers are crossed….

      • philipd763 - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:31 PM

        No way Rizzo re-signs JZ–too expensive now that Scherzer is on board. Rizzo thinks he has all sorts of pitching talent in the minors but the sad truth is he has a bunch of Taylor Jordans, who incidentally is in his third year of trials with the Nats and keeps bombing out.

      • nattygoats - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:35 PM

        Phil 763 you hit the nail on the head. Well said

  38. dcwx61 - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    how do you reverse that…they must have super secret videos

  39. rlndtln - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:27 PM

    I have said for weeks Treinen should be the starter.He pitched well last year and seems to pitch better as a starter and has much better stuff than Jordan.

    • nattygoats - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:32 PM

      Treinen stinks too. Cmon. None of these guys can play. Rizzo blew it big. Time to trade

  40. nattygoats - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:31 PM

    Just flat out pathetic. Get these minor leaguers out of here. Just giving games away. Sad sad sad

    • adcwonk - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:55 PM

      you declared the season over on April 27 — what are you still doing here? go insult somebody else’s team

      (btw, you did look at the standings right? you also told us all that the Nats would be in second place today — sorry the Mets disappointed you)

      • AlexandriaNatFan - Jun 3, 2015 at 8:24 PM

        Nattygoats also ripped on Storen early on…now he loves him. Ridiculous. No clue on anything related to baseball.

      • adcwonk - Jun 3, 2015 at 8:57 PM

        He also thought the Nats should dump worthless pitchers such as JZ. (You can look it up — it was another Apr 27 gem)

  41. natsdial8 - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:32 PM

    Taylor get yourself set and calm down.

  42. exposremains - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    Pitcher gets a hit…guy with 0 homers almost hits one out.

  43. Theophilus T.S. - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:34 PM

    Next time Rizzo tries to sell you a gold watch, scrape the plate before you hand over your money. How they thought Jordan was a big league prospect, how they told everyone he was a prospect — unless they went to confession afterward — is beyond imagining. The next person named Taylor on the Nats Park pitcher’s mound better be Swift. Rizzo’s — and the rest of The Brain Trust’s — future assessments of prospect-ness are worthless unless backed by a certificate from Boras.

    • nattygoats - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:40 PM

      Lol you nailed it. Bad weather bad crowd bad baseball

  44. natsdial8 - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:35 PM

    Nats losing seems to make FP a bit more annoying 🙂

    • nattygoats - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:38 PM

      FP is frustrated like the rest of us. It’s not good. Good thing Reyes stinks. Ramos doing what he does best hit into dps

  45. manassasnatsfan - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:41 PM

    Wow. I got to the car as Span’s play was reversed. When the inning ended and Charlie said it was 4-0 Blue Jays I was simply be isolated that TJord was was not prepared with 4 days notice.

    The staff is suppose to be great it is time for the pitchers to pick up their pace.

  46. IsawTeddywin - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:48 PM

    Where was this guy the 1st inning?

    • nattygoats - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:55 PM

      The fact that he has settled down means nothing. He lost the game in the first. He has nothing to lose now and he knows it. He belongs in Potomac.

  47. dcwx61 - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:49 PM

    OK, Taylor looking much better.
    now let the offense pick him up.

    The bOzios were up 4-0 against Houston and they blew it last night so lets get on the board boys.

  48. nattygoats - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:52 PM

    Ok it’s bad enough the pitching. But let’s not lose sight of the fact that the hitting is pretty awful as well. Is this team really supposed to make the WS.

    • natsjackinfl - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:56 PM

      Not in June.

    • adcwonk - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:57 PM

      Yep — third in the NL in runs/game. Pretty awful.

      But we know that you never let facts get in the way of a ridiculous fantasy insult.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 3, 2015 at 8:01 PM

      Good news
      If the O’s lose tonight, the worst outcome in the standings would be 1/2 game out of 4th place

      by RoseOil on Jun 3, 2015 | 7:57 PM

      Now that’s good…LMAO

      • dcwx61 - Jun 3, 2015 at 8:02 PM

        At least the O’s trolls are entertaining…our trolls are the worse.
        Cmon Goats, work on your material…go to the Os chat and learn how its done

  49. nattygoats - Jun 3, 2015 at 7:57 PM

    Is FP really putting that non DP on Desi? Lol. After that lollipop by Zimm? Lol. Goodnight

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 3, 2015 at 8:04 PM

      That God you are leaving as you are more annoying than the game.

      Come back when we are winning. I have not heard a positive word from you yet.

      If you are all negative no one listens.

      Mix in positive with negative people take you seriously.

      • nattygoats - Jun 3, 2015 at 8:08 PM

        Nice hit Bryce.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 3, 2015 at 9:04 PM

        One guy came to play.

      • Eric - Jun 3, 2015 at 9:14 PM

        You sure do reply to her/him a lot for someone who isn’t listening…

      • Eric - Jun 3, 2015 at 9:15 PM

        Oops, that was a response to MNF’s 8:04 post.

      • Eric - Jun 3, 2015 at 9:16 PM

        Weird, why aren’t my posts appearing nested where I reply?

  50. Mrsb loves the Nats - Jun 3, 2015 at 8:00 PM

    At this point, they can pull Span and Ryan…. sit people with ailments….

  51. manassasnatsfan - Jun 3, 2015 at 8:01 PM

    Apparently 4-0 behind not enough for Jordan.

  52. natsdial8 - Jun 3, 2015 at 8:02 PM

    Spot em 5 now play ball!

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 3, 2015 at 8:04 PM

      The DBack spotted Braves 6.

  53. nattygoats - Jun 3, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    FYI. Big Laboski is on HD net. Just trying to help

    • AlexandriaNatFan - Jun 3, 2015 at 8:27 PM

      Lebowski. It’s spelled Lebowski. At least get The Dude’s name right. Sheesh.

  54. ogremj - Jun 3, 2015 at 8:09 PM

    Nats not named Harper don’t hit great in cool weather in our ballpark. The curse of the Anacostia.

  55. nattygoats - Jun 3, 2015 at 8:09 PM

    Good try Ryan

  56. Eugene in Oregon - Jun 3, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    Just tuning in. Ouch. Mark Buehrle is only at 38 pitches? In the 4th?

  57. nattygoats - Jun 3, 2015 at 8:10 PM

    Good swing Wilson

  58. nattygoats - Jun 3, 2015 at 8:12 PM

    Two hits this inning. Great job.

  59. nattygoats - Jun 3, 2015 at 8:13 PM

    No errors through 4. Excellent defense

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 3, 2015 at 8:16 PM

      You said you were going. Why didn’t you.

  60. manassasnatsfan - Jun 3, 2015 at 8:14 PM

    Do you think that RZim’s foot is causing his weak hitting?

    Escobar and Harper are on base a lot when he comes up and he is not taking advantage of the situation as much as we need.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Jun 3, 2015 at 8:20 PM

      Same old Ryan Zimmerman with RISP:

      2015: .274/.342/.484
      Career: .273/.367/.440

  61. rlndtln - Jun 3, 2015 at 8:17 PM

    Lets face it .We are only above team.

    • adcwonk - Jun 3, 2015 at 8:19 PM

      We are only above team.

      agreed — above every team in the NL East, which is all that matters for the regular season.

      • dcwx61 - Jun 3, 2015 at 9:01 PM

        Reminds me of a song
        Natsland, Natsland…Uber Alles

  62. exposremains - Jun 3, 2015 at 8:20 PM

    Typical performer nerves in action. Nervous you pitch bad…then you give up a lot..you have nothing to lose you stop being nervous and pitch normally.

  63. scnatsfan - Jun 3, 2015 at 8:23 PM

    Won’t read above, guessing it’s pretty dark in here tonight.

    • manassasnatsfan - Jun 3, 2015 at 8:28 PM

      No more than any other lose.

      Jordan pitched better after the first, but he put us behind the 8 ball.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 3, 2015 at 8:35 PM

        The hit by Reyes was a classic missed location on where Ramos wanted it.

      • Eric - Jun 3, 2015 at 8:59 PM

        Yeah, the first inning is a real shame. Hopefully his takeaway will be that he recovered and held them down reasonably well thereafter.

        Hill looking quite sharp, too, so far.

  64. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 3, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    Oh well. This is officially ugly. Nats offense doing nothing and another Nats starter doing nothing.

    • rlndtln - Jun 3, 2015 at 8:44 PM

      I guess if Atlanta and the Mets lose everyday we will be ok.

  65. adcwonk - Jun 3, 2015 at 8:56 PM

    Duh – I just got it!

    Because of the weather, the Nats are back in April mode! As soon as it gets warmer, we’ll be back in kick-@## mode.

  66. Eric - Jun 3, 2015 at 8:57 PM

    Well, at least tonight I figured out that 1600 AM syncs reasonably well with MASN…it’s juuuust a 1/4 second or so ahead of the video feed.

    Need to see about getting a good FM signal on my stereo.

    Oh yeah, and how about this Harper fella? I love having a guy on the Nats who is just pure fun to watch just about every night.

    AND HOW BOUT HILL WITH THAT CATCH! WHOA!

    • Eric - Jun 3, 2015 at 9:00 PM

      Add Hill to the list of the night’s positives overall. Nice pair of innings.

  67. scmargenau - Jun 3, 2015 at 9:00 PM

    Somebody said they better not see another Taylor on the field unless their last name was Swift….

    Enter Taylor Hill
    Enter Michael Taylor

    O well. :/

  68. scmargenau - Jun 3, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    Hill seems to have good movement

  69. scmargenau - Jun 3, 2015 at 9:03 PM

    Great now goat gets reported and screws up order. Don’t goat the goat!

    • adcwonk - Jun 3, 2015 at 9:59 PM

      It’s worth a screwed up order to get him outta here.

  70. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 3, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    The Blue Jays positioning has been spot on. Buerhle shows that you don’t need to throw 93 to be effective. He’s made a career of finesse pitching.

  71. natslive - Jun 3, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    Ok let’s put this behind us and do better against the Cubs…going sat so looks like Cole for the Nats right?

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WED: 4:30 p.m.
THU: 2:30 p.m.
FRI: 5:30 p.m.
SAT: 10:30 a.m.

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